Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens denies ransacking an apartment that he was paying for his former girl friend and son to live in and any acts of violence, according to court documents filed with the Superior Court of Gwinnett County on Thursday.
He contends that the spurned former girlfriend is seeking “revenge” because he does not want to be in a relationship, that she threatened to never let him see his son again and had plans to ruin his reputation by contacting TMZ.com and other media outlets.
Owens and Latia Terry, 22, of Lawrenceville, have a 9-month-old child together.
“He’s been a good Dad,” said Randall M. Kessler, Owens’ attorney, on Friday. “He plans to keep being a good dad. He denies all of the claims.”
According to a Gwinnett County police incident report, Terry told officers that she left her apartment at 11 p.m. on Sunday, and when she returned home late Monday morning, the door was still locked, but the apartment had been burglarized and her possessions damaged.
The officer wrote in the report that the drywall in the living room had several holes, pictures were on the floor with holes in them and a flat-screen TV was lying on the floor, also with holes in it.
The TMZ report seemed out of character for the soft-spoken Owens, 24, who was named the Atlanta Falcons Man of the Year in 2010 for his community work.
Owens also contends, in his response, that the ex-girlfriend, even after receiving the restraining order, contacted him and yelled and screamed at him.
Owens contends that later on the day that Terry obtained the protective order, she took to the internet to berate and slander him. He also alleges that Terry has harassed Owens’ friend, which resulted in the police coming out to visit her. She was instructed to cease and desist or face a stalking charge.
According to Gwinnett court records, a family violence hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. June 22.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog